From break-ups to breakdowns, kissing girls to political slurs, this Friday Favourites is one for the history books…
Ahead of their second album Palo Santo due to hit the airwaves in July, London’s Years & Years are back with a bang(er). ‘If You’re Over Me’ is the amped up raucous pop number we’ve come to expect from the BRIT award nominees, and it certainly does not disappoint. It’s bassy, bouncy and full of catchy pop charm. Turn it up… and STOP talking to your ex!
“This is a song about trying to stay friends with an ex,” explains Olly. “Spoiler alert – it doesn’t often work. In fact, in my experience, the relationship often ends up ruined.”
Who run the world? To answer that question, we don’t have to look further than the latest track from Rita Ora. Teaming up with an all-star squad of boss women including Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha, Rita has released a glittery pop anthem for “those who aren’t afraid to rule the world.” If you haven’t guessed it yet, the track’s called ‘Girls.’ And it bangs.
We welcome you to the soul-funk Jungle for this next track. Led by musicians identified only as J and T, the London outfit bring nu-disco vibes and no small measure of soul. ‘Happy Man’ is the latest release from the London outfit, and a perfect showcase of what they’re all about. Bouncing funk rhythm and disco-basslines combine to bring a fresh atmospheric update to the 70s. This track is sure to make you a happy man (or woman.)
And finally, we couldn’t resist taking a look at the “controversial” new video for rap legend, actor and writer Childish Gambino‘s latest track, ‘This Is America.’ It’s more than just a little shocking, showcasing a much darker vision than we’ve seen from the artist before. It’s a damning satire that explores the poignant and nightmarish dichotomy faced by many black artists in current society, and the cyclical exploitation of black society for entertainment and consumption.
In between moments of wanton violence, Glover gleefully dances around chanting the disturbing mantra, “This is America.” It’s as if to say, “this is what happens here, but here in America, society doesn’t care. They just want you to dance.”